Instead of wasting time shuffling through your music library in the middle of your workout, this playlist will help take the guesswork out of the equation. If you currently run a nine-minute mile, each of these upbeat songs has the perfect BPM to help you keep pace — and stay motivated. Whether you’re training for a 10K or just looking for fresh songs for your long run, there’s something here for everyone.
Subscribe to the 60-minute Spotify playlist, then keep reading for the full list of tunes.
- “Knockout” — Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj
- “Backstabber” — Kesha
- “Back For You” — One Direction
- “Fly Away” — Lenny Kravitz
- “Wide Awake” — Katy Perry
- “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” — Birdman and Lil Wayne
- “Cheers (Drink to That)” — Rihanna
- “Cold War” — Janelle Monáe
- “Kids” — Sleigh Bells
- “Muscle Museum” — Muse
- “Level Up” — Sway
- “Hard to Explain” — The Strokes
- “Undercover Martyn” — Two Door Cinema Club
- “Like Eating Glass” — Block Party
- “Strip Me” — Natasha Bedingfield
- “You Could Have It So Much Better” — Franz Ferdinand
- “Elektricity Will Keep Me Warm” — London Elektricity
If this mix isn’t your speed or style, then check out all our workout playlists here to find something that suits your needs and taste.
Remember: you will need to download the free Spotify software or the app to listen to our playlists.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ericka McConnell
- Hate Running? BPM Yourself Into A Mindless Running Machine!
- Top 10 Workout Songs Of 2014: Music To Add To Your Playlist
- Anton Krupicka, Two-Time Leadville 100 Winner
- Stephanie Howe, 2014 Western States Champion
- Ian Sharman, Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Record Holder
- Timothy Olson, Western States Record Holder
- Max King, 100K American Record Holder
- Songs For The Average Marathon
- 15 Best Running Songs To Keep You Motivated During Your Workout
- 1. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
- 2. “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
- 3. “The Greatest” by Sia
- 4. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
- 5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
- 6. “Stronger” by Kanye West
- 7. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (Featuring Bruno Mars)
- 8. “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor and LunchMoney Lewis
- 9. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
- 10. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
- 11. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
- 12. “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies
- 13. “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato
- 14. “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp
- 15. “Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno)” by the Trammps, remixed by Sebas Rivera
- Workout Songs: What’s on Your Exercise Playlist?
Hate Running? BPM Yourself Into A Mindless Running Machine!
Last year under influence of some wild hair (probably a gray one), and after running one of those nonsense urban 5k excuse-to-drink-beer events, I started running sporadic and entirely unserious miles here and there. Picking up running was initially a joyless and mostly miserable series of bloody-minded slogs, usually to the dulcet sounds of public radio. What can I say – I’m the most lazy music consumer on the planet probably; the library of my antique iPod looks more like the contents of the most boring and banal Storage Wars unit.
More recently equipped with an iPhone and Spotify to blaze a little sunlight into the dim dusty corners of my music habits, I ditched the podcasts and public radio in lieu of music – and lo, running became slightly less of a drag. However, I found it irksome to drop entirely rando new stuff onto my running lists then have to fidget with and skip tracks while running. And I found I would rather be paint drying than sift through the universe of music to pluck out tracks, vet them, then add them to run lists.
What saved my fledgling but faltering pursuit of running was chance stumbling on tracks like Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” with a beat that happened to fall in line with my body’s ideal pace. Under the influence of these perfect pace-car tracks my lizard brain would take over, compelling my feet to move to the metronome, and magically the blocks and miles started flying past.
I’m not going to take you on my entire vision quest of trying to achieve running playlist nirvana, nor detail theories of efficiencizing your run through BPM tweaking, as my betters (like Lifehacker) have previously and much more thoroughly done. I will simply sing the praises of the two tools that have worked best for my obsessive playlist needs and share my current week’s running playlist so you can try it on for size.
While jog.fm now has a slick app that will play tracks from your device’s music library “that best match your pace and intensity” while you’re actually running (how Skynet awesome is that?), the quick and dirtiest way of spitting out a list of tracks to fit your desired pace is to just drop to the jog.fm front page, enter your desired mile or km pace, and click Go. That’s it. Enter a 9:00 min mile, you get a list of over 3500 tracks within ½ min of a 9:00 minute pace, which they also helpfully translate to BPM.
As an aside: every body is different, so everyone’s stride is different (duh). What algorithm jog.fm uses to translate min/mile to BPM is anyone’s guess and I’m far too lazy to look into it, but unless you’re the prototype for whatever their pace-to-BPM is, it’s likely your actual pace will vary some from jog.fm’s even if your footfalls match the BPM perfectly over your mile(s) run. For instance, the current ideal BPM range I can hold for a 5 mile run that’s neither too fast to murder me, nor so slow as to cause me to take giant leaping strides (which is neither ideal physiologically nor a good life choice when winter running on deathtrap nightmare ice hellscapes) is roughly 160-180 (or 2×80 – 2×90). As per jog.fm, a BPM of 180 translates to a 7:00 minute mile, but I can tell you that even running straight 180 BPM tracks, I’m not pulling any 7:00 minute miles. So, your mileage will literally vary. I just recommend shooting for the BPM that keeps your feet moving at a pace you can hold and your min/mile pace will flow from there.
Overall, jog.fm is great if you a) maintain your own music library (you can also purchase tracks through jog.fm) and b) want jog.fm to generate your playlists on the fly (either dictated by your pace or by manually setting your desired pace).
2. Spotify + Sort Your Music
I’ve found Spotify a superior solution for music purveyance over maintaining my own digital library because it’s the future. So if you too embrace the future and want to build your own BPM-based Spotify lists, Sort Your Music is your new bestie. Sort Your Music pulls your Spotify playlists and displays/sorts by BPM (and a load of other really neato things that I don’t care about but maybe you do). You do have to pull whatever tracks you want assessed into a personal playlist for Sort Your Music to see them (it won’t see others’ lists you follow unless you copy them into a playlist of your own).
With Sort Your Music provided to me like fire from the gods to Prometheus, I’ve now given myself entirely over to the obsession of generating playlists in my just-right range of BPM, which clearly plays into my own brain’s gamification center: I can do endless combinations of sorting and Tetrising, where the game’s payoff is getting to unwrap a shiny Christmas present of a new playlist every time I run. (As an aside: gamifying running can come in the form of actual gaming. Zombies, Run! is a genius little app you should also try as a means for hacking your own personal hatred of running, but game-games just aren’t my brain’s crack.)
Added to the appeal that gamification of playlist creation has brought my running, I’ve found that “programming” my runs by BPM seems to create a sort of S.E.P. field around running for me by blissfully shifting responsibility for my running pace onto something else. I no longer have to make decisions on the fly about whether I should kick it in gear, nor am I allowed to start dragging my feet at mile 3 just because I feel like death. And it works because my brain for some reason complains far more loudly about my footfalls being out of sync with the beat than my body complains about feeling like death. And I am all for embracing whatever psychological shenanigans that make me feel like running is actually fun (even if it’s not).
Here’s this week’s playlist ranging from 154-178 BPM – a little old, a little new – with a nice cool down 150BPM of All I Do Is Win. You’re welcome.
Shorts on, sneakers laced, water bottle filled—it looks like you’re all set to undertake a running routine. But what about your music?
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Sure, you could pop on the same album you’ve been working out to since 2009 (hello, Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster), but the tunes you listen to might change might play a bigger role in your exercise performance than you think. A study published in Psychology of Sport & Exercise indicated that listening to upbeat, motivational music, rather than a podcast or nothing at all, improved overall workout performance. A bonus: Those who listened to music reported enjoying their workout.
Related: Jillian Michaels Shares Her Ultimate Workout Playlist
When it comes to running, you can boost your performance by matching your pace with a song’s beats per minute or BPM. Not sure where to start? Lucky for us, sites like jog.fm are around to help curate the perfect pace-based playlist. Get started by blasting some of these jams on your next jaunt:
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12-minute mile, ~130 BPM
- “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5
- “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
- “We Found Love” by Rihanna
11-minute mile, ~140 BPM
- “Womanizer” by Britney Spears
- “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
- “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers
10-minute mile, ~ 150 BPM
- “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
- “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
- “Sk8r Boi” by Avril Lavigne
9-minute mile, ~160 BPM
- “Hey Ya!” by OutKast
- “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz
- “Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy
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8-minute mile, ~170 BPM
- “Take On Me” by a-Ha
- “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
- “Pain” by Jimmy Eat World
7-minute mile, ~180 BPM
- “Love Is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar
- “Last Resort” by Papa Roach
- “She” by Green Day
6-minute mile, ~190 BPM
- “What I Got” by Sublime
- “What’s My Name” by DMX
- “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
How does your workout playlist stack up? Check out the top-steamed workout songs on Spotify in every state.
Top 10 Workout Songs Of 2014: Music To Add To Your Playlist
“With few exceptions, workout songs can be distinguished by two main attributes: popularity and speed. If a song has cracked the Top 40 chart and has a tempo above 125 beats per minute (BPM), there’s a good chance you’ll hear it in the gym.
In this look back at 2014, you’ll find lots of songs that meet the criteria above–along with a few outliers. Starting with the big winners, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was the most popular workout song of the year. (Not coincidentally, it’s also the fastest song in the bunch below.) Calvin Harris is notable for being the only artist to make the top 10 twice. Plus, Maroon 5 and Nico & Vinz both had songs so catchy that folks didn’t mind their slower tempos.
Rounding out the list, there are remixes of rock tracks from OneRepublic and American Authors, a song from Meghan Trainor that proved even more popular in the gym than her breakthrough hit “All About that Bass,” and a soaring, club track that pits Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha against dance titans The Chainsmokers.
On the whole, the list makes for an easy way to reflect on the year that’s passed, get acquainted with any songs you might have missed, and prep the perfect mix to kick off your first workout of 2015.
Here’s the full list, according to votes placed on Run Hundred–the web’s most heavily-trafficked workout music blog.”
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) – 129 BPM
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Remix) – 124 BPM
Ariana Grande & Zedd – Break Free – 130 BPM
Maroon 5 – Maps – 120 BPM
Calvin Harris – Summer – 128 BPM
American Authors – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – 125 BPM
Calvin Harris & John Newman – Blame – 128 BPM
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong – 121 BPM
Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin – 138 BPM
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – 160 BPM
The list above represents the results of 78,000 votes logged on the 260 new singles and remixes added to the database in 2014.
To find more workout songs, you can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. You can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with your particular workout routine.
Want even more music to add to your playlist? Check out these older posts….
* Run Hundred song list is posted with permission
Anyone old enough to remember what it was like to run with a Walkman, or, heaven forbid, a Discman, probably doesn’t feel too nostalgic about the experience. These devices may have signified a revolution in portable tech, but they were still too ungainly to be an ideal workout accessory.
How times have changed. In 2016, portable audio players have been reduced to the size of poker chips, while gaining the capacity to store about eight billion songs. Gone are the days where you were hostage to the Top Gun soundtrack for the duration of your run.
It’s only logical to assume that such technological empowerment would be especially welcome among those who run farther and longer than anyone else: elite-level ultrarunners. So we asked a few of the sport’s best about when and why they run with music, and what’s currently on their personal playlist.
Anton Krupicka, Two-Time Leadville 100 Winner
“I almost never listen to music while running, but I listen to music (and podcasts) a lot when biking or skinning,” Krupicka says. “Here’s a sampling from my current playlist—a mix of current songs and older ‘classics’ (like maybe 10-15 years old).”
Stephanie Howe, 2014 Western States Champion
“I don’t listen to music when I race, but I do listen when I need a pick me up for a long run or workout,” she says. Stephanie has two types of go-to playlists—one for a hard run or gym session and the other for easier long runs.
For a kick in the butt:
To Zen out to:
Ian Sharman, Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Record Holder
“I listen to music during most of my training runs, but never in any races any more—in many races, you’re not even allowed to use music,” he says. “I usually like to keep things varied, but don’t often listen to downbeat music when running, although I’ll listen to it at home. Radiohead, for example: great music, but not so good for running.”
Timothy Olson, Western States Record Holder
“I love music, but don’t listen a ton while I run—maybe once a week and for sure on a treadmill,” says Olson. “During a 100-mile race, I’ll listen to music at some point, but not always. I prefer the sounds of nature. Here are a few songs on my running playlist, although I listen to more chill music around the house, like Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan.”
Max King, 100K American Record Holder
“Sorry, I’m not going to be much help on this article,” Kings says. “I’ve never liked listening to music during my runs. My soundtrack is au natural. I like listening to the crunch of my footsteps, wind in the trees, and critters. I do listen to music when I’m prepping my mind for a race however. That soundtrack is usually Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory), but it’s also included White Zombie, Metallica, and stuff like that. Gets me pumped for a hard effort cross country race or track race.”
Filed To: UltrarunningRunningMusic Lead Photo: Timothy Olson
Using the average marathon finishing time for women last year, Run Hundred developed this playlist to help you hold the pace.
In 2015, women completed marathons with an average finish time of 4:45:30—according to Running USA’s annual report. This corresponds to roughly 10:52 per mile, which—in turn—translates to around 141 steps per minute. To help you approximate this pace in your own workout, we’ve compiled a playlist focusing on songs within 5 beats per minute (BPM) of this tempo.
As a rule, rock songs are almost always faster than their pop counterparts, and that’s reflected in the mix. To that end, the tempo moves up progressively starting with solo artists like of Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, and Lady Gaga before moving on to bands like Sheppard, The National Parks, and Blink-182. By running to the beat of these songs, you’ll move at roughly the pace of a marathon. Whether you’re training for one currently or just curious, this should give you some idea what to expect. To see how it feels, just grab your sneakers and press play.
Songs For The Average Marathon
Rihanna – SOS – 137 BPM
Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin – 138 BPM
One Direction – Drag Me Down – 139 BPM
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s – 140 BPM
Lady GaGa – Applause (DJ White Shadow Trap Remix) – 141 BPM
Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
The Weeknd – The Hills (Daniel Ennis Remix) – 126 BPM
The National Parks – As We Ran – 144 BPM
Blink-182 – All the Small Things – 145 BPM
Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven – 146 BPM
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era?to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.
Finding information about heart rate training for distance runners is incredibly challenging. No doubt prior to arriving at this page you found yourself knee deep in articles about physiology that would confuse most anyone. Well we will try our hardest to straighten out confusion about using heart rate monitors while running.
When attempting to train based on heart rate, the first thing that must be discovered is your Maximum Heart Rate, because this is the base from which the rest of training is derived. There are two ways to determine max heart rate. The first is a simple calculation, . So if you are 40 years old, your max HR would be 180.
The problem with this method is that while it is quick, it is not always 100% accurate. If you are interested in finding a more accurate max HR, you can head to a nearby hill with a heart rate monitor to do a field test. Begin with a 15 minute warm up on flat ground. From there you will do 3 hill repeats. The first will be 2 minutes uphill at an effort that you could maintain for 20 minutes, then jog back down. The second repeat will be two minutes long at an effort you could maintain for 3 minutes. Note your heart rate at the top as that will be near your Max HR. Return to the bottom of the hill and let your HR drop 30-40 beats per minute. The final repeat is a 1 minute repeat all out. Note your heart rate at the end, that is your max heart rate.
Now that we know our max heart rate, we can use it while training. Greg McMillan, one of the premier distance running coaches in America, has extensively studied heart rate as it relates to training and has written about it on his website here. If you are interested in the nitty-gritty of heart rate and training, I recommend visiting his site. Be forewarned: it is complicated. I will try to simplify it as much as possible.
Basically, there are four training zones. The first is the endurance zone. This is the zone at which distance runners spend most of their time. These are the long, easy miles we do day in and day out. In this zone, our heart rate will be 60-75% of our max HR. So if our Max HR is 200, the endurance zone is 120-150. The next zone is the stamina zone. This zone is when our effort begins increasing and our breathing picks; it encompasses marathon pace all the way down to 8k pace. In this zone, our heart rate is 83%-92%. These two zones are where heart rate training is most useful. That is because in the endurance zone, we are simply attempting to build a base.
Often, runners don’t spend enough time in that endurance zone. They end up running too fast, too often and get hurt. By training based on heart rate, though, we are kept in check for those many miles that are supposed to be done at a slow pace. The same can be said for the stamina zone. This zone marks the threshold between aerobic training and anaerobic training. When completing runs in this zone, the goal is to NOT go so hard as to start racing (which can often happen). By understanding our HR, we ensure that we are running exactly the right pace in both the endurance zone and stamina zone.
The final two zones, speed zones and sprint zones are not ideal for using heart rate, because they are meant to be near all-out. When attempting to work out at these zones you should not be concerned with heart rate, but rather you should be focusing on working as hard as you can.
Using heart rate monitors can be a great tool when training. They help us determine the paces we are supposed to hit on most of our runs, which can prevent us from overtraining and can keep us running healthy and strong. Use them for both motivation and to guide training, but do not be so tied to heart rate monitors that they become a source of stress. Hopefully that straightened up some heart rate confusion. Happy Running!
Whether you’re training for a marathon, or just hitting the treadmill, good music can often make the difference between a rave run and a blown goal. That’s why we’re putting together 90-minute playlists each month chock-full of songs with enough of a beat to keep you moving.
As the year 2019 comes to a close and a new decade approaches, it’s a great time to look back on the highlights of past years—in this case, that means revisiting some of the best music the 2010s had to offer.
The songs that top the charts each year tend to be bouncy, energetic, and a whole lot of fun to move to. As part of our research, we asked readers via Instagram post to tell us some of their favorite running songs of the decade, and their answers made for one fire playlist.
Prefer to run to the soundtrack of the great outdoors? Save this playlist for your next cross-training activity or strength session at the gym. Whichever way you’re getting a sweat on, you’re sure to power up from the lively lyrics and energizing beats of the decade’s best workout songs.
And, in case you were wondering what year each song came from, here’s your guide:
- “Tik Tok” — Ke$ha
- “Boom Boom Pow” —Black Eyed Peas
- “My Body” —Young the Giant
- “The Show Goes On” —Lupe Fiasco
- “Party Rock Anthem” —LMFAO
- “Titanium” —David Guetta ft. Sia
- “We Found Love” —Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
- “On Top of the World” —Imagine Dragons
- “Bad Girls” —MIA
- “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” —Fall Out Boy
- “Turn Down for What” —DJ Snake
- “Get Lucky” —Daft Punk
- “Roar” —Katy Perry
- “Happy” —Pharrell Williams
- “Lips Are Moving” — Meghan Trainor
- “You Can’t Stop Me” —Andy Mineo
- “Love Myself” —Hailee Steinfeld
- “Black Magic” —Little Mix
- “Good As Hell” —Lizzo
- “Don’t Let Me Down” —Chainsmokers
- “The Greatest” —Sia
- “Shape of You” —Ed Sheeran
- “Legend” —The Score
- “Glorious” —Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey
- “Girls Like You”—Maroon 5
- “I Like It” —Cardi B (CLEAN)
- “The Runner” —Foals
- “Despacito” —Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
You can find all our older playlists in the archive.
Paige Triola Contributing Writer Paige Triola is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado, who covers a range of topics in the athletic and outdoor recreation sphere.
15 Best Running Songs To Keep You Motivated During Your Workout
Get your heartbeat up and stay motivated!
The perfect song can lift your spirits and put you in the right mood to accomplish your goals. Spotify has some amazing workout songs that you’ll want to add to your play list that are perfect to run to.
Finding the motivation to go for a run can be, well, daunting to say the least. With so many things piling up on our “to do” lists, finding the time to run can seem impossible.
If we’re being honest with ourselves, finding motivation to do anything we don’t want to do can be rather difficult. You’ve got to find things that pump you up. For me, it’s music (and sometimes, a good quote).
No matter how down, unmotivated or irritated I feel; I can always start improving my mood with the right song. And sometimes the right quote can just shift my perspective enough to make me feel OK and ready to take on the next challenge.
Finding the motivation to exercise is a hard thing to do. Especially when/if you only have the time in the morning. Mornings, ugh. Gross. Why can’t the day just start around noon already?
But, we all know that a good run is a great way to help maintain your weight, heart health and can even help you keep your stress levels in check. In most cases, the benefits far out way any negatives standing in your way.
Of course, be sure to ask your doctor if you have any heart and/or lung problems before committing to a rigorous running routine, but in most cases; running is an awesome way to get some cardio in and build muscle tone in your legs.
It’s important to make time to exercise regardless of how busy we get. Remember, that even just twenty minutes is better than no minutes.
Here are some great motivational quotes to get you ready to start running and some great songs from Spotify to use with their Spotify Running app or to put on your MP3 player to help keep you pumped up and ready to go.
1. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
This throwback to 1980 is a personal favorite of mine from my workout playlist. You just pretend that the guy she’s talking to in the song is your workout routine: “hit me with your best shot, morning run!”
“Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you.”
2. “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
Released in 2014, this upbeat song is sure to get you pumped up to keep going. The line “don’t you dare look back” is super motivational, in my opinion.
“3 months from now, you will thank yourself.”
3. “The Greatest” by Sia
The perfect workout song comes to us in the way of this 2016 Billboard top 5 (for 13 weeks) hit. Because you might be “running out of breath but you … you’ve got stamina”. And remember, no matter how much your lungs burn, “you’re free to be the greatest and you’re alive”.
“Sometimes the best runs come on days you didn’t feel like running.”
4. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
This 2017 release ranked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for staying in the top 10 for 33 weeks last year. Stay in love with “the shape of you” by jamming out to this song during your morning run.
“It’s easier to wake up early in the morning and workout, than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.”
5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
This 2016 hit won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media (the song was written for Dreamwork’s “Trolls”) and is a great up-beat song for your next run. You’ll have “that sunshine in your pocket and that good song in your feet” with this song playing in your earbuds.
“Mirror mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all.”
6. “Stronger” by Kanye West
This 2007 release was #1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 27 weeks and is the best motivational song for those days when it’s tough to work out. Just remember that, “th-that that don’t kill you can only make you stronger”.
“It’s the days when the body aches, the desire is low, you feel tired and you feel weak … those are the days when champions train.”
7. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (Featuring Bruno Mars)
This Billboard #1 from 2010 is sure to put a little spring in your step. Just remember, you’re “too hot (hot da**)” to stop now.
“You don’t get the a** you want by sitting on it.”
8. “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor and LunchMoney Lewis
This song, rated #38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 2016, is perfect for your warmup to get you pumped before cardio. Remind yourself of everything you love about your body before you treat it right with a good workout.
“Today I will love myself enough to exercise.”
9. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
Another personal favorite of mine for working out and taking on the day. This #1 song on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2014 is the song sure to help you “shake off” some of that stress and get motivated to keep going all through your run.
“When you feel like stopping think about why you started.”
10. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
This song, rated #6 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1997, is sure to get you pumped for that last mile. A flashback to the 90’s, this is the perfect song to remind you to never give up on your goals. You may get “knocked down”, but you’ll “get up again”.
“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”
11. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
This throwback to 1982 reminds us all to be survivors and to push through to be the best we can be. “Rise up to the challenge” of sore legs with this motivational beat.
“Good things come to those that hustle.”
12. “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies
Say “you’re going down” to cellulite with this flashback from 2009, rated #11 by Billboard for alternative music.
“You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.”
13. “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato
Give your heart a break by taking a morning run with this song, rated #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 2011, playing in your earbuds. This is a great soothing song for a lower paced run or jog.
“Even a bad run is better than no run.”
14. “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp
Make your legs “hurt so good” on your morning run with this throwback to 1982, which won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal. Be careful not to break out in dance on your run though, it would be a shame to twist an ankle (not the kind of “hurts so good” we’re going for here).
“Sore today, strong tomorrow.”
15. “Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno)” by the Trammps, remixed by Sebas Rivera
Feel your legs burn (baby burn, pun intended) as you enjoy this throwback to the 70’s playing in your earbuds. Disco may have died, but some of it’s better remnants remain here.
“Run baby run.”
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Workout Songs: What’s on Your Exercise Playlist?
Let the memory of our horrific winter and soggy spring fade from your memory: summer has arrived. Inseparable from this, the happiest of seasons, is the necessity of bare skin to welcome the rays and vent the sweat and — oof — hit the beach. Are you ready for it?
Yeah, didn’t think so. And neither are we, which is why we’ve gone to great lengths, alongside our friends at Spotify and The Echo Nest, to bring you the ultimate collection of music to exercise your — our — atrophied pecs and tris and obliques (those are a thing, right?) in order to blast out a beach bod for the ages and put to rest that hibernating bear, for now at least.
Dance Music Workout Playlist | Running Playlist | Cycling Playlist | Weightlifting Playlist | Crossfit Playlist | Yoga Playlist | Gym Playlist | Tae Bo Playlist
In order to put this list together, we at Billboard asked Spotify and their data science wing the Echo Nest to poll their 40 million users, and the one-and-a-half billion playlists those users have created, to generate the top songs people place in their exercise-related digital mixtapes.
Across the various criteria we gave Spotify’s team — running, cycling, weightlifting, crossfit, yoga, the gym, and tae bo, (no judgments, here) — we have a playlist for each waiting in the wings. Here, we’re showing off the top 25 songs across all of that music.
The results are an accurate cross-section of the music that may come to mind when you think of hitting it hard — “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor,” anyone? “Bulls On Parade,” of course. Metallica, naturally. But also some less predictable choices from the data pool: Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” made famous by the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” as well as Kanye’s mega-politik “Black Skinhead.” Ok, maybe “Black Skinhead” makes sense, considering it starts off with the sound of someone obviously straining on a stairmaster.
We hope you find these lists useful as you chase your fitness goals, or at least psych yourself up to plan on chasing them. We’re totally hitting the gym. Tomorrrow.
Below, you’ll see a beautiful breakdown of the many characteristics underlying the music that we and Spotify found to be your favorite to sweat to. From the different songs’ loudnesses, energy levels, tempos and their general danceability to each type of exercise’s most-liked genre to the sweatiest genres overall (yeah, it’s hip hop).
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